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If you had a few spare pounds in your wallet, you should have attended the recent Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna last Saturday. A rare Leica MP2 from 1958 with a starting price of Euros 80,000 was sold to a private collector from Asia for Euros 402,000! That makes it one of the most expensive Leica ever sold at auction. Wondered whether it was the same buyer that bought the daguerreotype a few months ago?

The camera itself, part of a camera lot that netted nearly a million euros total, is one of only six ever made in this finish. It is also the first of its kind ever offered for sale, and had an experimental electric motor drive.

Details can be found here. All I need to do before Xmas is to look for the other five, or even, a Chinese vase ....

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